Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Blessings!

This past Sunday, I was blessed to take part in our church's Christmas Cantata. It was a glorious work, so fun and moving to sing. We presented Darkness Into Light A Christmas Musical Journey by Mary McDonald.

Between songs, we had narrators. One of the readings got me so choked up I could barely sing. I'd love to share that with you as a way to say Merry Christmas!

In Him is life, and that life is the Light of all mankind.

Come to the Light!

His light, which lives in the hearts of all believers, gives life to all things by the power of God, who is in the midst of us all.

Come to the Light!

Holy God, Your visible love to us fills our hearts with joy and wonder. And although our earthly journey sometimes means walking through a valley of darkness, we rejoice that we can always come to Your Light of hope. In this moment, in this place, at this celebration of the incarnation, we sing "Hallelujah" to the Lord of Light!

--Excerpt from Darkness Into Light
by Mary McDonald

Blessings to you and yours from the Tippens family!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November Blogging Schedule

Here's the lineup for November at the Seekerville blog! Can you believe how quickly Thanksgiving is approaching?!

Click here to visit the blog.

Monday, October 20, 2014

We Have Winners!

Winners of signed copies of The Guy Next Door are:
Amanda H.
Linda R.
Mackenzie D.

I've already emailed each of you to get your addresses.

And now…

The overall Scavenger Hunt winners:

Winner of the KINDLE FIRE HDX:

Erin Connor

Winner of the 33 BOOKS BY THE AUTHORS:

Heather Hart
Lynne Tidel

Congratulations to everyrone! Thanks so much for taking part. We really appreciate all of you!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Stop #18

Follow the clues for a Chance to Win a Kindle Fire HDX or 30+ novels!

Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt. You have arrived at Stop #18. The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on October 17, 2014. You may have arrived here before the start which could mean all of the sites aren't ready quite yet. Once the official start has begun, you should go to Stop #1 (Robin Lee Hatcher's website) and then work your way through the sites, gathering clues and entering bonus giveaways, until you reach the final stop which will also be on the site of Robin Lee Hatcher.

The hunt ends on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at one minute before midnight (Mountain). That means you have all of the weekend to finish it, so take your time. Enjoy reading the exclusive content the authors have prepared for you. You will collect a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write them down as you go. At the end of the hunt, you will enter the clues into a Rafflecopter form. (The answer will make sense, even if you aren't familiar with the quote.)

The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX. Two runners-up will receive a new release from each of the participating authors.


Robin Lee Hatcher has prepared a "cheat sheet" with direct links to each author's post in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. We hope there will be no such issues, but just in case, please make note of the URL for the Participating Authors & Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.

And now, I'm excited to introduce you to my friend Ronie Kendig. I had the pleasure of spending several days on a writing retreat with Ronie a couple of years ago. She's warm, fun and a fantastic writer.

Meet Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig is an bestselling, award-winning, author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. She can be found at, on Facebook, Twitter (@roniekendig), Goodreads, and Pinterest!

About Hawk

Raptor’s communications expert, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is struggling with his inner demons, leaving him on the verge of an “other than honorable” discharge. Plagued with corrupted intel, Raptor team continues to track down the terrorist playing chess with their lives. Afghan pilot Fekiria Haidary is devastated when a systems glitch on her aircraft forces a weapons launch on a safe target. And when the deadly bombing separates Brian from the team, he must make an impossible choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm.

Ready to read more? If so, you can buy a copy of Ronie's new book here:

Now, Ronie is going to share a little about her amazing book covers.

Not Just Another Pretty Face

The covers for the Quiet Professionals series are complete, and I’m stoked that all three books feature real American heroes. An unintended result is that three major branches of the U.S. Armed Forces are represented—Army, Air Force, and Marines—through these three heroes.

Raptor 6, a story that features Captain Dean Watters, a Special Forces team leader. This Green Beret is actually modeled not only by a military hero, but by a man who served in the very role Dean is portrayed in—a Green Beret. The Army veteran has several tours of duty under his belt. He also has a beautiful wife and family. It’s been an honor to get to know and pray for his amazing family. He has asked that his identity remain unknown, and I will honor his wishes.

Hawk (which releases November 1 ) features communications specialist, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe. The veteran is an Air Force Security Forces veteran named Brent Gilley. One of the many amazing coincidences with Brent is that his wife nominated him—and his wife serves in the Air Force and is—get this—an military working dog handler! What an amazing couple! I’m so honored to know and pray for them as well!

The final cover was completed late this summer. The character for Falcon is Salvatore Russo, and he is portrayed by Marine veteran Gabriel Martinez. Gabe medically retired a couple of years ago—but he’s not just a veteran. He’s a Purple Heart recipient! His story is featured in Colonel Oliver North (retired) and Bob Hamer’s AmericanHeroes: On the Homefront. Gabe is also a spokesperson for Canine Companions for Independence.

No dream could be more wonderful for me as a writer of military fiction and wanting nothing more than to open dialogue about our military heroes and honor these heroes through my writing—than to have, as a Special Forces veteran said: “not just another pretty face” on the cover. To feature someone who has “been there, done that.” Our military heroes deserve more appreciation and recognition!

The Scavenger Hunt Skinny

Thanks so much for stopping by my site and participating in the new Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Before you move on to Stop #19, which is Ronie Kendig’s site, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #18 clue: THE ONLY BOOKS
Also, please note: Many of the authors use Rafflecopter for their giveaways. Rafflecopter requires JavaScript to work. If you can’t see the form, please turn JavaScript on in your browser in order to enter. Rafflecopter sometimes doesn’t work on mobile devices. If you are on a mobile device and can’t see the entry form, then you’ll need to find a computer.

But Before You Go

As a bonus here on my site, participants can earn a chance to win a signed copy of my new book, The Guy Next Door. All you have to do is sign up for my quarterly emailed newsletter (top of the side bar to the right). Don't worry if you think you're already signed up. Vertical Response will remove duplicates. After signing up, complete this Rafflecopter form, and your name will go into the drawing. This bonus giveaway is for U.S. mailing addresses only.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Fleeting Moments with Our Children

I'm blogging today on the Yankee-Belle Cafe about how time is flying with my daughter turning 18. I'm sharing photos from a One Direction concert she attended, as well as talking about my last time chaperoning a concert.

I hope you'll drop by! click here

Also, don't forget the upcoming Fall Scavenger Hunt!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blogging and Events in October

Since my new book from Love Inspired just released (yay!), I'll be guest posting on some other blogs in October. I'm also having a book launch event (if you're in the area). I hope you'll join me!

Book Release Celebration and Signing! Sunday, September 28th, 12:15-1:30 pm at Winder First United Methodist Church, Winder, GA. Room #131.

Also! On the Seekerville blog, we'll be having our annual birthday celebration in October. We'll have several special guests and will be doing daily giveaways. Plus, weekly and an overall giveaway. So be sure to drop by to comment to be entered!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway!

I'm offering a giveaway of my new book release from Love Inspired! I hope you'll enter if you'd like to win a print copy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Guy Next Door by Missy Tippens

The Guy Next Door

by Missy Tippens

Giveaway ends September 20, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Video from the Romance Writers of America 2014 Conference

I was thrilled to attend the 2014 RWA National Conference this past July. I just got a chance to see a video that was put together by Tom Smarch Photography from all the photos they shot during the week and wanted to share it.

The video is about 14 minutes long, but so much fun! And if you look closely, there's a quick shot of some friends and me doing a group selfie at around the 10:56 mark. :)

The video gives a feeling of what it's like to be gathered with over 2000 writers to attend workshops, share information, network, and celebrate achievements. It's always inspiring, and a great time to meet with editors, agents and writer friends. Enjoy!

RWA 2014 San Antonio Texas from Tom Smarch on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Laughter for Life

I've always thought laughter was a great way to handle so many situations in life. It diffuses tension and makes everyone feel better. Especially when we can laugh at ourselves.

This past weekend, my daughter showed me this video. I laughed until I had tears in my eyes (well, okay, weddings make me cry anyway, but this was from laughing).

The whole time I watched, I kept thinking, wow. What a great marriage these two people will have if they can keep laughing with each other.

Sometimes, offering grace, understanding and humor can make all the difference.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Save the Date!

Guess what's coming in October! You could win a Kindle Fire HDX or over 30 autographed books from over 30 amazing authors. You could also win bonus prizes of all kinds. So mark your calendars! I'll be participating and will be doing a giveaway of my own. I'll send a reminder when the scavenger hunt starts!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Once Again

I probably post about this every year. But it's that time once again. The beginning of the school year.

photo credit: iStock/Sandralise 

No, I'm not a teacher anymore. But I do still have two kids in school. One is a sophomore in college. He just started back to class this week. It was tough leaving him at the dorm. If possible, I would have stalled, hoping he'd ask me to help him set up his room or go with him to buy groceries. But no, car traffic was heavy, so we had to quickly finish up and move our vehicle out of the temporary parking. So, unlike last year (freshman year) where we drove and parked in a deck so we could spend the afternoon helping him set up his room and buy books, I had to be a more mature mom this time around. I simply hugged him and told him I loved him. That I'd see him later. (And then battled tears as we left.)

 My other school age child is a senior in high school. Which seems totally unbelievable. I've been working on rounding up childhood photos for a senior ad for the yearbook. I can't believe that sweet little thing in those photos is now a young woman ready to head off to college this time next year.

It feels almost like time is running out, that my job as a mom is almost done. But I suspect, rather, that job duties will simply change a bit. I'm fairly certain I'll be needed for a while longer. :)

In the meantime, I plan to enjoy every minute with my children. Sure, I'll be hyper-aware that each event during this senior year is the last. But there's some satisfaction in that as well. I'm privileged to be the mom of three amazing kids.

Monday, May 26, 2014

A New Blog!

I've been a longtime member of the Faith, Hope and Love Chapter of Romance Writers of America. We're an online chapter made up of Christian fiction writers. We recently started a blog where members post on a variety of topics (mostly related to writing). We'd love it if you'd drop by!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May Blogging Schedule

I'm trying out a new bit of code in my template. If you hover over Scripture references, it will show the verse in a pop-up. Very cool! I got it at

So, I thought I'd share one of my favorite verses to see how it works. Jeremiah 29:11.

Okay, so did the verse pop up if you hovered? Did I actually put the code in the right place? :) Hope it worked.

So, I'm late putting this up. But here's the Seekerville blog May schedule. I blogged on Monday the 12th, so I hope you'll check out my post. I wrote it for writers, but several people who aren't writers said it could apply to everyone.

Monday, March 24, 2014

April Blogging Schedule

Happy spring, everyone! It seems I've been blogging everywhere but here lately. So I'd love to tell you about other places I regularly blog. I hope you'll visit! (Click each blog name for a link.)

I blog each week on Fridays, sharing recipes and other cooking posts, at The Yankee-Belle Cafe.

Every other Thursday, I post with The Faith Girls blog about writing, family, life and anything else that strikes us.

I also post quarterly with a group of Love Inspired authors, here.

And I post monthly with other Christian writers at the Seekerville blog, where we talk about writing topics. We love to have readers visit as well! Here's our calendar for April:

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

New Release from Robin Lee Hatcher

An interview with Robin Lee Hatcher,
Author of A Promise Kept

When Robin Lee Hatcher’s marriage ended in divorce, she was devastated. “I’d been so convinced God had promised me that He would save our marriage,” the author says, but she quickly learned that sometimes God answers prayer in the most unexpected ways. In the following years, God used the pain of what appeared to be a failed marriage to draw her closer to Him. In A Promise Kept (Thomas Nelson/January 7, 2014/ISBN: 978-1401687656/$15.99) Hatcher draws on that personal pain to craft a story about a woman married to an alcoholic, a woman who has to learn the value and importance of surrendering everything to the Lord.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about A Promise Kept and specifically how your own life inspired this story?

A Promise Kept opens as Allison Kavanagh arrives at the house her aunt Emma bequeathed to her — a log home in the mountains. Her marriage of more than twenty years has ended in divorce because of her husband’s alcoholism. She was so certain God had promised to save her marriage, but obviously she was wrong. Now she is moving from Boise to Kings Meadow to start life afresh and find a way to heal from her heartbreak.

Like Allison, my marriage ended in divorce because of my husband’s alcoholism. I was devastated because I’d been so convinced God had promised me He would save our marriage. I had believed His promise through many difficult times, but it hadn’t come to pass. I knew God didn’t lie. Therefore, I must have misunderstood.

But God had many things to teach me in the following years, including that He answers prayers in totally unexpected ways and in His own time, not mine. One of those unexpected ways was realized when my husband and I were remarried more than five years later. God used the divorce to save our marriage!

Q: How does your husband feel about you using aspects of your lives in a novel and speaking openly about it in interviews?

Thanks so much for asking this question. In order to honor my husband, I made certain from the very beginning that he was on-board for me to write about and talk about our marriage — which would mean talking about him and his battles with addiction. His response was, “If my story can help someone else, use it.”

Q: What would you say to someone who feels like God has abandoned him or her or forgotten His promise?

Hold onto Him no matter what. We only see such a tiny scrap of reality. God sees the whole picture. He knows you intimately, and He loves you extravagantly. He hasn’t abandoned you.

Faith isn’t about feelings. We cannot trust our feelings. The Bible warns us that the heart is deceptive. If you are feeling abandoned, get into God’s word and do a study on His character. When you know His character, you will cease to fear that He might leave you alone in your trials.

Q: What is the most important thing God taught you during your own period of refinement?

Not the most important but certainly the most surprising was when I realized I had reached the place where I could thank God for my marriage to an alcoholic and mean it. Because of what happened in my marriage, my faith was deepened and strengthened. I learned to hold onto the foot of the cross so tightly that I could feel the splinters in the palms of my hands. No matter what comes, I’m holding onto the Lord, from where my help comes.

I consider my life lesson to be this: Nothing, absolutely nothing, enters my life that isn’t caused or allowed by God, filtered through His loving hands, for the purpose of making me more like Jesus.

Salvation happens in an instant when we trust in Christ. But sanctification is a lifelong journey. We travel it one day at a time, and the refining process is always part of it. None of us wants to step into that fire so the dross can be burned away. We don’t want to be pruned with those spiritual clippers. But it is for our eternal good that we submit to it.

In the end, I want to be like Jesus more than I want to avoid the discomfort of the refinement process.

Q: An important question raised in A Promise Kept is, “Am I surrendering everything to the Lord?” What is the significance of this question and how do you determine the answer?

One thing I’ve learned through the years is that I make a very poor substitute for the Holy Spirit. When I try to control situations or people rather than trust in God, it never turns out for the best. It is human nature to try to hold things back from God, whether we don’t fully trust Him or whether we think He might just be too busy to notice. Human, but not wise.

Years ago, God called me to write another book about alcoholism in a Christian home (Beyond the Shadows). I thought it was because He wanted me to offer hope to those who were sitting in the pews, trying to look like they were holding it all together, while at the same time they were dying on the inside because of the addictions of loved ones. I wanted them to know they weren’t alone. God has, indeed, used the book in such a way. I know because I’ve received many letters saying so. But writing that book also taught me, the author, a whole new level of submission to the Lord. Who am I to answer back to God and ask Him why He made me this way or why He made my life this way?

Q: God never seems to answer our prayers the way we expect or even in the timing we wish for. What advice do you have for people who are in the waiting period?

Waiting is hard, especially for those of us in the Western world. We want and expect immediate gratification. Dinner from the microwave. A mug of coffee in seconds from a single serve K-cup. Buy something on the Internet with a credit card and get it delivered tomorrow. Sometimes we treat the almighty, holy God of the Universe as if He were our personal Santa Claus that we give our wish list to and expect Him to fulfill it immediately. And even if our wish list is full of good things that God wants to give us, His timing can remain a mystery to us.

But God has a beautiful promise for those who learn how to wait on Him.

Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
~ Isaiah 40:31, NASB95

Q: In your letter to readers, which appears at the end of A Promise Kept, you talk about how your divorce felt like a failure. How did God turn that failure around in your life?

When we were first married, my husband and I promised until death do us part. We meant it. So it felt like failure when God told me to “let go” of him after nearly a year of separation, even though I was acting in obedience. What I couldn’t see or understand at first was that God needed to get my husband off by himself so the two of them could work on his life without me being there as a safety net, as the strong one. I believe my husband would have died if we continued on the way we had been, but I didn’t see it that way at the time. I had to stand back and let God be God.

Q: Alcoholism played a large part in your marriage and eventually your divorce. What gave you the strength to continue to pray for your spouse even when no answer seemed to come?

Strength comes from believing deep down in my soul that God is in control and that He wants the best for both me and my husband. I don’t always know what that “best” is, but He does.

Q: There are many women in our audience who are married to someone who has struggled with addiction, and though they have prayed for them, the answers have not yet come. As Christians, we know that divorce is a last resort, but is that ever possibly the answer to prayer? How did you come to that painful decision?

Divorce is a very painful choice. I don’t care what the reason. It is painful and shouldn’t be entered into lightly. It is especially painful for Christians who are trying to walk in faith and please God. It would be a mistake for anyone to look at me and my situation and say, “If it was OK for her, maybe this is what God wants for me too.” That said, I do not believe divorce is always a sin. And if it is sin, it isn’t an unforgiveable one. The only unforgiveable sin is blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

Could divorce ever be an answer to prayer? I can’t answer that with any certainty. I don’t even know that it was God’s answer to my prayers. But He allowed divorce to happen and then used it, first to save my husband’s life and second to help him embrace a life of sobriety.

When I instigated “tough love,” my husband walked out the door, which started our separation. But I still believed God would save our marriage, so for me, the separation had one purpose: to reconcile us. But my husband got worse instead of better, and the day came when God told me to let go of him. It was a terrible, devastating moment. I didn’t understand it. I didn’t want to do it. There were some Christians who counseled me one way and some who counseled another. All I could do was obey and trust the Lord as best I could.

Q: A Promise Kept is such a personal story; what do you hope each reader takes away from it?

I hope readers will be encouraged to keep walking forward. I hope, if they are in a troubled marriage, that they will seek God with their whole hearts and not act out of selfishness but out of obedience. I hope reading A Promise Kept will deepen their faith in a God who answers prayers, in His own way and His own time.

Robin Lee Hatcher will be hosting a Facebook party on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM EST to chat with readers about A Promise Kept, give away copies of the book and reveal the grand prize winner of a social media giveaway. More details will be available on her Facebook page.

For more information about Hatcher and her books, visit her online home at, become a fan on Facebook (robinleehatcher) or follow her on Twitter (@robinleehatcher).